Poor Annette, with every gushing new post she reads she finds herself more irritated and upset. Why? She has fallen into the social media pit of self-comparison, likes and subtle feelings of jealousy. Oh, the things we didn’t know! About everybody! Years ago, before social media, this is how you found out about family and friends: You had to have them over for coffee and cake where you could talk for hours about the good and the bad pumped by a caffeine and sugar rush. We were unapologetic of our shortcomings and failures and never too boastful of our successes.
So, would my Nana have given me the evil eye if I had bragged instead of complained? Probably. Is complaining better because it is more conducive to bonding? How can you be jealous if we are all miserable? There are no comparisons there is life to live. My Nana would have said, “These are the cards you have been dealt. Don’t waste your time thinking too much about everyone else’s hand.”